Take a trip in a new car

#1

I just got a new car (Toyota Corolla). Back in the olden days, we were told that you should not take a trip in a new car until it was “broken in”.

I want to go visit some friends about 250 miles from here. Is that still a rule?

#2

Is this mentioned in the owners manual?

Tester

#3

I also bought a new Toyota, and had to go 200 miles to a new assignment. Read the owner’s manual whcih says not to drive too fast the first 1000 miles, and also not drive at any one speed steadily; vary your speed, and accacsionally floor the gas pedal. My Corolla is now properly broken in and does not use any oil in 5000 miles.

#4

The most important thing to remember when driving a brand-new car is to NOT use the cruise control, as varying your speed is essential for proper break-in of the engine.

But, why take my opinion or anyone else’s opinion when you have the ultimate authority sitting in your glove compartment? I can assure you that the Owner’s Manual covers this topic in detail, and this would be a very good opportunity to begin familiarizing yourself with this valuable resource that was provided by the manufacturer.

#5

Just do what it says in the owner’s manual. It will give you instructions for the break-in if needed. Modern cars are a bit different than the old ones.

Just follow the instructions in the book, don’t try to out guess them, just do what it says. You will be fine.

I would suggest carrying a cell phone on any trip in an "new to you" car.